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Tuesday 23 October 2012

Birth photos: Erin Byrne from Life Stories Photography tells why she loves taking them

I could look at freshly-popped-baby photos all day.

You know the ones: baby comes out with squinty eyes, perhaps covered in birth blood and a thin coating of white vernix... and it's the most beautiful thing you've ever seen.

So imagine if you were fortunate enough to be present at many special birthing moments.

That's what Erin Byrne gets to do as photographer for her company Life Stories Photography.

Here she explains why she loves shooting babies - as well as their mothers and families - the moment they enter the world:

"Birth is one of my favourite things in the world to photograph.

There is so much raw emotion involved when a couple first meets the baby they have just brought into the world. It's an amazing privilege to be able to capture that moment.

The thing I most regret about the birth of my own son is that I didn't have it photographed. I have six blurry very posed photographs. Sure, I look happy, but they tell nothing of the tidal wave of love I first felt when I saw my baby for the first time, the proud look of my husband and the blissful smiles of relief that he was here and healthy. 

I think when people picture birth photography they picture it very literally. I am often asked where I stand when they baby finally comes out. My response, usually by mum's head unless asked otherwise. 

When I photograph a birth I like to be a fly on the wall - it's the couple's moment, not mine. I am there to capture it, record their memories, let them relive that happiness in the years to come."

Here are some more of Erin's birth pics, again featuring the same beautiful baby Dylan Violet as above, and mum Kristyn, dad Adam and little brother Izakk. So precious.

Erin wasn't at my twins' birth but I do have some pretty awesome shots of when they'd just entered the world taken by the husband. I do wish I'd had pro shots done. But Erin did come to my home to take some too-gorgeous pics when they were only 4-5 months old (that's for another post!)

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